Since J&R is New York City’s “Largest Mom & Pop”, JRblog was appropriately present at last night’s press preview of Gawker Artists’ rooftop installation, “MOM & POPism”.
The exhibition is curated by Billi Kid as a reinteruption of James and Karla Murray‘s book, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, a visual guide to New York City’s cultural heritage, with special emphasis on the historic streets and ethnic shops that have defined its many neighborhoods. Meticulously photographed, its powerful images of time-worn institutions were printed at close to life-size scale and installed on the Gawker Media roof, becoming canvases on which select graffiti and street artists were invited to leave their indelible marks. The result is a unique impression of a New York City that seems to be fading with each passing day.
MOM & POPism will be open to public on Saturday, August 15th from noon to 4 pm, 210 Elizabeth Street, Nolita, Manhattan, NYC.
Battling rain, the roof top installation was completed over a two week period. Documentary filmmaker, Greg Deliso of Munrovia Pictures captures the excitement of the MOM & POPism installation.
Earlier, Greg Deliso captured James & Karla Murray at work photographing store fronts.